FORD'S THEATRE ANNOUNCES BETSY O'BRIEN ANDERSON AS DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Washington, D.C.— Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault announced today that Betsy O’Brien Anderson will join the company as Director of Development in June 2013. As Director of Development, Anderson will provide strategic organizational and administrative leadership for the fund development efforts of the historic theatre, museum and Center for Education and Leadership. Anderson comes to Ford’s Theatre from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where, as Vice President of Development for the National Chapter, she oversaw fundraising efforts including corporate sponsorships, underwriting, foundation grants, special events, budget processes and department operations.

“We are delighted to welcome Betsy as a talented new member to our senior management team,” said Tetreault. “Betsy’s understanding of the philanthropic challenges and opportunities in Washington provides an opportunity to meet and exceed our organization’s needs, and to further our goal of sharing the legacy of Abraham Lincoln through theatre and education.”

“I am thrilled to join Paul and the rest of the Ford’s Theatre team in bringing visitors and supporters closer to history and the ideals of Lincoln with engaging cultural and educational programs at a historical space like no other,” said Betsy O’Brien Anderson.

ABOUT BETSY O’BRIEN ANDERSON
During her seven-year tenure as Vice President of Development for the National Capital Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Anderson raised more than $5 million annually through major and individual giving efforts to support the Society’s areas of strategic focus, and managed the production of six major fundraising events, including Walk MS and the MS Women on the Move Luncheon. Anderson previously worked for the National Gallery of Art, most recently as Senior Development Associate, where she designed, coordinated and expanded the Gallery’s marketing efforts for deferred giving, secured major and deferred gifts, and oversaw the Gallery’s membership program. Anderson is a graduate of The College of Wooster, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. She also studied in Vienna, Austria at the Institute of European Studies.

FORD’S THEATRE SOCIETY

One of the most visited sites in the nation’s capital, Ford’s Theatre reopened its doors in 1968, more than a hundred years after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Operated through a partnership between Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service, Ford’s Theatre is the premier destination in the nation’s capital to explore and celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s ideals and leadership principles: courage, integrity, tolerance, equality and creative expression.

The Ford’s Theatre Society was founded under the guidance of executive producer Frankie Hewitt, who, during her 35-year tenure, established Ford’s as living, working theatre producing performances that highlighted the diversity of the American experience. Since the arrival of Paul R. Tetreault as Director, critics and the theatregoing public have recognized Ford’s for the superior quality of its artistic programming. With works from the nationally acclaimed Big River to the world premieres of Meet John Doe, The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Liberty Smith and Necessary Sacrifices, Ford’s Theatre is making its mark on the American theatre landscape. Under the leadership of Wayne R. Reynolds, Board of Trustees Chairman Emeritus (Chairman  2007 to 2012), the mission of Ford’s Theatre Society expanded to include education as a central pillar. This expansion led to the creation and construction of the Center for Education and Leadership, which opened in February 2012. Currently, under the leadership of Board of Trustees Chairman Eric A. Spiegel, Ford’s enters a second phase of strategic planning to ensure the organization’s place as a national destination for exploring Lincoln’s legacy and the American experience through the intersection of history, performance and education.

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